South Africa have been dealt another injury blow with Lungi Ngidi sidelined for up to 10 days after suffering a hamstring strain in his side's World Cup defeat against Bangladesh.
Ngidi limped off with a hamstring issue after bowling just four overs at the Oval. Details later emerged that the fast bowler will be out for at least seven to 10 days which means he will not play South Africa's vital clash against India in Southampton.
"Ngidi sustained sharp discomfort in his left hamstring. We decided he had a hamstring strain. He will be out for a week to 10 days," Proteas team doctor Mohammed Moosajee told reporters.
"He will have a scan tomorrow (Monday). We hope he can be ready for the West Indies match."
The absence of Ngidi further compounds South Africa’s woes as they are already dealing with injuries to key players Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla.
Steyn is recovering from a shoulder injury while Amla was hit on the helmet by a Jofra Archer bouncer during South Africa’s first game of the tournament against England and didn’t play against Bangladesh as a precautionary measure.
Moosajee though revealed that Amla should recover in time to play India and was ruled out of the Bangladesh game as a precaution after waking up feeling unwell. However, there was no clarity on whether Steyn will be fit in time or not.
"The concussion assessments were done on Thursday and initially the results were inconclusive. Then the next test showed he could bat," Moosajee said.
"Subsequent to the match, the next day he felt some symptoms, so as a precaution we decided to rest him for this game.
"The plan is to have him ready for the game against India in Southampton."
South Africa haven't had the brightest starts to their World Cup campaign. They didn’t look at their best against England in the tournament opener and their attack had another forgettable day against Bangladesh.
Half-centuries from Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib al Hasan as well as useful cameos from Mahmadullah and Mosaddek Hossan saw Bangladesh post 330/6 in the first innings, their highest ever ODI and World Cup score. In reply, South Africa could only manage 309/8.